NADA House 2020
May 7 – August 2, 2020 (postponed)
New York NY
Fazakas Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in NADA House 2020 featuring a solo exhibition of works by Audie Murray.
Situated on Governors Island – Pagganuck to the Lenape people – NADA House lends itself to a web of connections from which multi-disciplinary Métis artist Audie Murray offers audiences a unique opportunity for reflection. Rather than displayed in a white cube, the placement of her art within the familiarity of a home not only points to notions of domesticity and labour, but cements a 21st-century indigenous women’s presence outside of the usual turn-of-the-century cabinets of curiosities that often decorated the walls of similar houses. From early explorers and ethnographers, such as Franz Boas, Levi Strauss, and Samuel de Champlain, Indigenous objects have been collected, categorized, archived, and often sealed behind glass cases, the acts justified under the name of “salvage anthropology”. Audie’s work, comprised of inanimate objects ranging from gardening gloves to toilet paper rolls, are activated the moment her sewing needle and beads touch their surface. Through the artist’s intervention, these once functional items are transformed into beautifully ornate and decorative artworks with powerful messages. Ranging from their ready-made aesthetic to their anti-archival nature, her pieces are suffused with references to history, labour, and the body. When placed in NADA House, they also become the site from which notions of space, place, and indigeneity are addressed.
Audie Murray (b. 1993) is a multi-disciplinary Métis artist from Saskatchewan currently based in Victoria, BC. Working with themes of contemporary Indigenous culture and ideas of duality and connectivity, Murray draws on time-honoured techniques and contemporary concepts to inform her material choices. She often uses found objects from daily life, and then modifies them with special materials and techniques as a way to reclaim or work-through the cultural content of the object.
Murray completed a Diploma in Visual Arts at Camosun College in 2016, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in 2017. In 2018 she attended the Plug In ICA: Bush Gallery Summer Institute in Winnipeg. In the summer of 2017, she studied traditional tattoo practices with the Earth Line Tattoo Collective and continues to work with hand poke and skin stitching methods. Her BFA graduating work, Pair of Socks was selected as the Saskatchewan winner of the 2017 BMO 1st Art! Prize, and in 2018 she was the recipient of the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize through the Hnatyshyn Foundation.